Between 1970 and 1974 I don’t remember many notable gigs taking place in St. Andrews. Maybe groups just didn’t fancy the journey, maybe more of them went to Dundee, or maybe I was just, well, otherwise engaged? But I do remember seeing Fairport Convention, at the Younger Hall and I guess it was 1973 or 4. Then band’s official site describes the 70s as a time of confusion for the group, but as I recall they were still basking in the success of Liege and Lief (still in our ‘record’ collection!) and it was a great night.
It did eventually come to my attention that friends in Ednburgh had access to a much bigger music scene than we did in the East Neuk, but I don’t remember minding too much. In fact I think the only other group I saw in my student days was Curved Air – an electrifying performance in, of all places, the Kinema Ballroom, Dunfermline.
Even when I moved to Oxford for a year, folk and folk rock were very much the order of the day. My next musical outing was to a concert (did he do gigs?) by Ralph McTell, he of Streets of London fame. (Not sure what brought that one on!)
Of course, Fairport, like so many other aging rockers, are still going, and in the the last few years we’ve taken to checking out a few of the old-timers: Elton John, Rod Stewart, and last year even Paul McCartney, who played for a staggering 3 hours on a memorable June night in Cardiff. His first solo album was part of the sound-track to my time as a bejantine in Hamilton Hall.
Those were the days!